Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

Michael Chabon (Author)
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Description

A shy manifesto, an impractical handbook, the true story of a fabulist, an entire life in parts and pieces, Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers addresses with his characteristic warmth and lyric wit the all-important question: What does it mean to be a man today?

"Chabon brings his prodigiously entertaining verbal intelligence to a very personal investigation of what it means to be a father, a son, and a husband."-Lev Grossman, Time (Top 10 Nonfiction Books Citation)

Product Details

Price
$25.99
Publisher
Harper
Publish Date
October 06, 2009
Pages
306
Dimensions
5.6 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780061490187
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About the Author

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Moonglow and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, among many others. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Reviews

"Both lyrical and side-splittingly funny. . . . Readers seeking the intelligence of Updike; the gentle, brainy appeal of Sedaris; or the literary virtuosity of Nabokov will thoroughly enjoy."--Douglas C. Lord, Library Journal
"Hilarious, moving, pleasurable, disturbing, transcendent, restless. . . . And seemingly by accident, Chabon ultimately does create a composite image of ideal manhood, one that is modest, responsible, bemused, empathic, and thoughtful."--Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Chronicle
"Chabon takes a big, fat swing at the essay form with his second collection and achieves success. . . . These warm and thoughtful essays underscore just how good a wordsmith Chabon is-regardless of the form he chooses."--Jerry Eberle, Booklist
"Chabon brings his prodigiously entertaining verbal intelligence to a very personal investigation of what it means to be a father, a son, and a husband."--Lev Grossman, Time (Top 10 Nonfiction Books Citation)
"Wry and heartfelt, Chabon's riffs uncover brand-new insights in even the most quotidian subjects. . . . He applies an unusual level of wit and candor to the form."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)